First of all I've been meaning to share pics of this bike because it seems sort of unique and, IMHO, it's pretty.
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Second, because I'm a starving student I tried selling the bike and everyone I showed it to naturally wanted more detail about Croll than I could give. I bought the frame and fork NOS on ebay on a whim and don't really know its history. I'm now tempted to just keep it if I can swing it, but after searching for info I'm amazed at how little is out there, and I figure someone (maybe from MN?) might have some first hand knowledge.
From other posts I know Croll was a Minneapolis frame builder who may have sold the company at some point. The frame is lugged Reynolds 531 with a deep shimmering green paint; it has suntour superbe pro fork ends and breezer dropouts. It's hard for me to imagine that a bike this lovely came after the reported sale of the company, but I don't know how to date it.
Thanks in advance for any help! (More pics and details below)
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For those curious about the build, here are the specs. This bike was more of a race frame with narrow clearance that I've set up as an obviously Rivendell-inspired 650b randonneur.
* Wheelset: Shimano dynohub front / tiagra back hubs with Velocity Synergy 32h 650B rims.
* Panaracer Rivendell Nifty Swifty 650B x 32.8mm tires with Kevlar belt. Tire clearance for 700c wheels would have been around 700x28 I think, but as a 650B it will fit up to Panaracer's 650Bx38 Col de La Vies.
* Generator hub powers a Shimano LP-R600 Headlight.
* Crankset is the "old logo" Sugino 170mm XD600 48/36/26. Pedals are Rivendell / MKS "sneaker pedal"
* SRAM 8-spd Cassette 11-30
* KMC X8 Chain
* Brooks B-17 honey
* Nitto Technomic 60mm quill
* Nitto noodle 44cm with shellacked natural cork tape and hemp twine
* Tektro RL720 Cross Levers
* Tektro R200A Ergo Brake Levers Black/Silver
* Tektro R556 Long Reach Road Calipers Silver 55-73mm
* Stronglight A9 headset
* Vintage suntour barcons